This Week In Film History, 10.25.09

October 25, 1925: France’s star of silent slapstick comedy Max Linder, 41,and his young wife are found dead in a Paris hotel, victims of an apparent suicide pact.

October 30, 1948: A major shift in the shape of the film industry begins as RKO becomes the first major to split off its theater ownership from its production wing.

October 31, 1962: Screen divas Joan Crawford and Bette Davis’ feud on (and off) the screen fuels the horrific black comedy What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

October 25, 1978: Low-budget shocker Halloween opens in select cities and will become one of the top independent films ever, taking in over $50 million.

October 26, 1984: Bodybuilder-turned-actor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career takes off when he opts to play the villainous cyborg in James Cameron’s The Terminator.

October 28, 1986: Paul Newman returns to the role he played 25 years earlier in The Hustler, poolshark “Fast Eddie” Felson, in The Color of Money.